Marco Fu

Marco Fu threatens another stirring fightback but falls short at snooker’s Six-red World Championship

Welshman Mark Williams continues his unbeaten run at the tournament after dispatching Hong Kong’s Fu

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 September, 2017, 9:14pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 September, 2017, 10:45pm

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu failed to capitalise on any momentum gained from his stunning comeback in Friday’s quarter-final as he lost 7-3 to Mark Williams in the SangSom Six-red World Championship in Bangkok.

Two-time world champion Williams, who continued his perfect run in the tournament, will face either Scotland’s Anthony McGill or Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in Sunday’s final – the pair will play to the best of thirteen on Saturday.

Fu was unable to keep up with the in-form Welshman in the early going, with Williams racing into a 3-0 lead.

The world number six managed to stop the rot by getting on the scoreboard but Williams again pulled away to lead 6-1 and move to the brink of victory.

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu exits China Championship on day of shocks in Guangzhou

Having clawed his way back from 5-2 down against Scotland’s Graeme Dott to win 6-5 in the last eight, Fu threatened a repeat of his heroics by taking the next two frames to cut Williams’ lead to 6-3.

But Williams held his nerve for what was in the end a commanding victory, becoming the first Welshman to reach a Six-red World Championship final.

The overall champion of the tournament stands to receive £80,500 (HK$830,000) in prize money.

Fu took home £17,250 following his exit, having finished top of group H and comfortably beaten defending champion Ding Junhui in the first round of the knockout stages.